More Than 4000 Children Participate In Santa Monica Library Reading Program

Thursday, 3 Oct 2013, 8:47:00 AM

Brenton Garen

Santa Monica Public Library broke children reading records this summer.
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Santa Monica Public Library broke children reading records this summer.

Santa Monica Public Library reports the library’s 2013 summer reading

program for babies through teenagers saw an amazing increase of 20

percent, with more than 4,000 children and teens participating.

The Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library sponsored printed

materials, programs, and prizes for the 10-week program, which is

designed to help children and teens increase literacy skills during the

summer months while on their school break.

fact, compared to 10 summers ago, we have almost tripled

participation in our summer reading program. As a result of this fun and

positive reading promotion, children and teens read over 1.9 million

minutes during the summer months.

The library offered 320 story times and reading-related programs

during the summer (that’s 32 programs per week), with 14,707 in


Kids and teens also wrote 570 book reviews as a result of the

program, which were posted for other students to read and get

recommendations on what to read next.

This summer’s reading program once again included the library's "Baby

& Me” club, which engages parents and their babies by providing

them with a free board book to add to their baby’s library, as well as

printed materials to help their babies get a head start on literacy.

Teen participation was stronger than ever, reaching some milestones

as well. For the first time, more than 800 teens participated, a 30

percent increase over last summer’s participation. Teens also wrote 221

book reviews.

Those who completed the program (reading 30 hours or more) attended

an end-of-the-summer pizza party to celebrate their achievements.

Other teen programs included a Teen Writers’ Day with local award-winning authors.

In addition, 260 free hardcover copies of John Green’s The Fault in

Our Stars, the Samohi summer reading book selection, were given out to

Samohi students. This book giveaway was sponsored by the Santa Monica

Kiwanis Club.

For more information about free library programs, visit or call the Youth Services Department at 310.458.8621.

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